Life on the edge

Ofir Libstein had extraordinary dreams for his small patch

The mayor of Sha’ar HaNegev was killed in the Hamas attacks on October 7th, aged 50

A foe who never was

Muhammad Amir Muhammad Khan fought India’s government for five decades

The still-dispossessed Rajah of Mahmudabad died on October 4th, aged 80

Beauty been

The Sycamore Gap tree held a particularly deep place in people’s hearts

It was felled maliciously in the small hours of September 28th, aged around 300

Life in its fullness

Fernando Botero became famous for his over-size people and animals

But the Colombian painter and sculptor, who died on September 15th, had a different agenda

On a spear’s edge

Mangosuthu Buthelezi had his own vision for a democratic South Africa

The Zulu chief, a rival to Nelson Mandela, died on September 9th, aged 95

Rules in the millions

Douglas Lenat trained computers to think the old-fashioned way

The mathematician who insisted that AI needed a basis of pure common sense died on August 31st, aged 72

Building revolution

Isabel Crook devoted her long life to making a new China

The Canadian anthropologist and teacher died on August 20th, aged 107

How to win a war

Andriy Pilshchykov pleaded for F-16s to be sent to Ukraine

The fighter pilot, known to many only as “Juice”, died on August 25th, aged 30

Cleanliness, godliness

Bindeshwar Pathak realised that India’s future depended on toilets

The social reformer and revolutioniser of national sanitation died on August 15th, aged 80

Safety first

Richard Simpson strove to balance buyers against manufacturers

America’s first consumer-product-safety tsar died on July 21st, aged 93

The place where she was

Sinéad O’Connor hated the very idea of being a pop star

Ireland’s most provocative singer and protester died on July 26th, aged 56

A wizard in the woods

SunRay Kelley wanted to build in rhythm with nature, his teacher

The “evolutionary” eco-architect and forest-dweller died on July 16th, aged 71